On The Ball: Gareth Southgate's strategising fails at the final hurdle

England manager Gareth Southgate applauds fans after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

When Gareth Southgate named his Euro 2020 squad, it included four right-backs. That number was reduced to three when Trent Alexander-Arnold withdrew but when the forward Marcus Rashford came on in the 120th minute of the Euro 2020 final, it was to play right-back.

Or, more accurately, to crowbar another penalty taker into the team. So, too, his fellow substitute Jadon Sancho.

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